Across the US and the world, a range of punitive, adversarial, counterproductive interventions are being imposed on our most vulnerable youth. From corporal punishment, restraints, locked-door seclusions, to sending students to the police and the courts for minor infractions, it's the behaviorally challenging kids who are often on the receiving end of the worst our society has to offer. Here are the data for America public schools from 2013-2014 (the most recent time span for which these data are available):
- 5.4 million in- or out-of-school suspensions
- 120,000 expulsions
- 291,000 referrals to law enforcement
- 80,000 arrests at school
- 106,000 uses of corporal punishment
- 122,000 uses of restraints and seclusions
Our documentary film, The Kids We Lose, is aimed at heightening awareness of these counterproductive practices and instigating movement toward interventions that are non-punitive, non-adversarial, and effective. It received the Best Feature Documentary Award in its premiere at the 2018 New Hampshire Film Festival and has also been selected for the 2019 Los Angeles Women's International Film Festival and the 2019 Women's Film Festival in Philadelphia. It will be airing on Maine Public Televistion on Thursday, March 28th, at 10 pm ET, and on Saturday, March 30th, at 11 am ET, and streamed afterward. If you'd like to learn more about the film and those involved in its creation and production, and see where there are public screenings, click here.
What can you do to get involved, heighten awareness, advocate for change, and support the effort? Become a Lives in the Balance Advocator!